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Scutum Milky Way
Milky Way: Scutum region
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An exceptionally bright area of the Milky Way just north of Sagittarius. Centered in the image is the bright Scutum star cloud. Visible to the lower right, from the top down, are M16, M17, and M18.
Nikkormat SLR, 50mm lens piggyback on a C8 Deluxe
F/2.8, 12 minute exposure, ASA400 Fuji Superia
Image was lightly processed in Photoshop to brighten and enhance colors. Image rebalanced by Scott Frey (thanks Scott!).
John Rummel
1999 August 8
MAS Yanna Research Station
Jupiter
Jupiter
Size is 45 arcseconds. (4 Kb)
14" SCT and SBIG ST7 camera with green filter
Exposure 0.11 seconds
Processed in MaxIM and Photoshop
John Rummel
February 8, 2002, 01:00 UT
Madison Metropolitan School District Observatory
Comet Ikeya-Zhang
Comet Ikeya-Zhang
(202 Kb)
12-inch LX200 with 3.3 reducer; ST-7 CCD
Four 60-sec images combined for each area
Greg Sellek
2002 March 26
MAS Yanna Research Station
M15
M15
(195 Kb)
Celestron 14" with an SBIG ST-7 w/ CFW8
5x60sec exposures of each RGB and 1 60 sec Luminance exposure
Image processed in MaxIm.
Greg Sellek
1900 May 4
Madison Metropolitan School District Observatory
M18
M16 - The Eagle Nebula
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12" LX200 and ST-7E CCD w/ 3.3 reducer
5 120 sec exposures
Greg Sellek
1900 May 4
MAS Yanna Research Station
M27
M27
(31 Kb)
10" LX200 and an ST-9E CCD
3x60 sec exposures of each RGB
Greg Sellek
1900 May 4
Milwaukee Astronomical Society's dark site
M81
M81
(60 Kb)
Celestron 14" with an SBIG ST-7 w/ CFW8
Combination of 2x120 sec exposures of each RGB and 1 240 sec Luminance exposure
Greg Sellek
1900 May 4
Madison Metropolitan School District Observatory
M45
M45 - The Plieades
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The Pleiades Star Cluster is one of the most recognizable objects in the sky. The winter season open cluster of stars marks the cold weather season passing as it dances across the heavens. Known by a variety of descriptive names, one of the most popular, "The Seven Sisters" actually belies the several hundred stars that actually make up the local region of this cluster. - Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Robert Burnham, Jr. (1978 Dover Publications)
Nikon Coolpix 5000, Tak 90 at f5.6 on a 12" LX200
12 five minute exposures
Images stacked and processed using Images Plus
Mark Hanson
2002 December 1
MAS Yanna Research Station
Lunar Eclipse 5-15-2003
Entering Totality
(83 Kb)
The Lunar Eclipse of 5-15-03
Canon D30, Takahashi FS-102, CI-700 mount
f/8, two 3 second exposures
Image was stacked and lightly processed in Photoshop
Dave Werner
2003 May 15
Town of Middleton
Sun and Venus Transit 6-08-2004
Sun with Venus Transiting
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Transit of Venus through morning haze at sunrise.
The disc of Venus is silhouetted on the Sun.
Celestron 11" , Canon EOS SLR at prime focus, unfiltered
f/10, Kodak 400 film
Douglas and Mercedes Russell
2004 June 08
Madison VA Hospital Roof
Sun and Venus Transit 6-08-2004
Sun and Venus over Lake Mendota
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Transit of Venus
Celestron 11", Canon EOS SLR at prime focus, unfiltered, through morning haze over Lake Mendota (2 images combined)
f/10, Kodak 400 film
Douglas and Mercedes Russell
2004 June 08
Madison VA Hospital Roof
Black-drop effect during Venus transit 6-08-2004
Black Drop Sequence
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Transit of Venus
For the point on Earth where Venus is overhead, in north-central Africa,
3rd contact is at approx. 11h 06m UT
4th contact is at approx. 11h 25m UT
For observers farther west, these contacts occur a little later.

The "black-drop" effect is described in Captain James Cook's sketches of 1769 during his expedition to Tahiti to time the transit of Venus. It is a distortion like a raindrop of the planet's disc at its contact point with the limb of the Sun. It is an optical effect which foiled Cook's attempts to precisely calculate the distance of the Earth from the Sun.
Celestron 11" at prime focus, with solar filter
f/10, Kodak 400 film
Douglas and Mercedes Russell
2004 June 08 - Sequence of images from 05:45 to 06:20 am CST.
Madison VA Hospital Roof
Sun and Venus Transit 6-08-2004
Sun and Venus
John Rummel's Transit of Venus images
John Rummel
2004 June 08
Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Saturn
Saturn
Saturn
Saturn
Jupiter
Jupiter
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